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“Assured” is a good title for anyone who struggles with guilt and is unsure of their salvation in Jesus Christ. Around 150 pages, the title covers many issues, including:
1. Understanding the sources of our salvation (we cannot earn salvation – it’s a free gift of God!).
2. How sin affects our relationship with Jesus Christ.
3. God’s promise…[Read more]
“The Power Of Preaching” by Tony Evans is a compact, short, and very good read on the essentials of preaching. Around 130 pages, the book addresses many issues on the topic, including:
1. Definition of exegetical and the difference between preaching and teaching.
2. Before preaching to others, preach and study for yourself first.
3. The…[Read more]
“Church” is a compilation of A.W. Tozer writings on observations about the church he has noticed over his years of ministry. Written like only Tozer could, the book is around 160 pages, contains many great insights, and covers several topics, including:
1. The futility of self-effort based on fallen human nature as opposed to relying on God’s…[Read more]
Ever feel like you need to rush to make a decision? Whether pressured by others or pressuring yourself to make quick decisions without praying and thinking, then “Sacred Pace” is a good read. Whether in business, ministry, home, etc., the principles in the book may apply to any situation.
The author freely shares of his experiences (good and…[Read more]
“A Shift A Day For Your Best Year Yet” is a compilation of insights for changing your thinking and actions in a number of areas: relationships, work, health, leisure, technology, and many others. There are two brief readings per page, starting with a statement followed by a conclusion and/or result about the statement when applied to our lives.…[Read more]
While I believe Dr. Evans has written many good book, I think “Pathways” is one of his better ones. Around 200 pages, the book makes the connection between the Book of Esther and the life of the Christian when God appears to be silent and not working on your behalf.
As with other Evans books, the title combines the spiritual with the practical…[Read more]
Good read on the need for positive self-talk and eliminating negative self-talk from your life. Not just another self-help, motivational book, the title addresses the issue from a biblical foundation. Around 200 pages, the book covers such topics as:
1. Various ways someone tries to justify not forgiving others.
2. Ways we can reduce the…[Read more]
“When Life Doesn’t Make Sense” is a good read on how various women of the Bible (Hagar, Eve, Sarai, Leah, Dinah, Rebekah, and many others) handled disappointment with life and the consequences to themselves and others. Around 200 pages, each chapter is around 15-20 pages, mentions the woman’s life, context of her individual disappointment, and how…[Read more]
“The Common Rule” is a great read for helping you focus on God and living in the moment through 4 daily and 4 weekly habits that challenge you to drop technology and other distractions temporarily so you can better live in the moment. Around 200 pages, the author goes into detail on how to practice and incorporate these 8 practices into your…[Read more]
The Wiersbe Study Bible is a great resource for learning more about the Bible and offers many benefits:
– Larger print makes it easy to read.
– Cross references that help the reader see how Bible verses connect with each other.
– Red letter print of Jesus’ words.
– Several helpful full color maps depicting geography and other features of lands…[Read more]
“Scrappy Church” is a good and quick read on who refuse to give up and believe that God wants to do great and mighty things through their church. Just over 100 pages, the book addresses many issues on the topic, including:
1. 6 types of transitions successful scrappy churches made.
2. Characteristics of a scrappy church.
3. Major themes of the…[Read more]
“Relationomics” by Randy Ross is a great title for anyone who truly wants to make the work environment a positive place. Indeed, doing so, can be a great challenge in some organizations. Around 260 pages, the book addresses many issues on the topic, including:
1. Posturing, promoting, and self-protection are toxic for relationships (AMEN to…[Read more]
Being a former Air Force Officer, “Character Carved In Stone” naturally drew my attention. Just over 200 pages, the book centers around 12 benches at West Point, each carved with a particular character quality very important to the academy. The title mentions several people in each chapter/quality such as: US Grant, Eisenhower, Ridgeway,…[Read more]
“Whispers And Wildflowers” is a good 30-day devotional read encouraging women to shift life in a lower gear and grow closer to the Lord in the process. Some of the daily devotions that stood out include:
– Importance of regular solitude with Jesus.
– Things to prune from your life (attitudes, work, responsibilities, volunteer, etc.) that…[Read more]
“Marriage That Works” by Chip Ingram is a good title for anyone of any married age who really wants to improve their marriage. Around 240 pages, some of the topics addressed include:
1. Biblical definition of submission (hint: it’s not dictatorship!).
2. How mutual submission works in a marriage.
3. As the husband and wife get closer to God,…[Read more]
Great read that gives much food for thought for managers and employees for various ways of showing genuine appreciation without manipulation. Around 240 pages, the book addresses many areas, including:
1. Importance of knowing a person’s “appreciation language”.
2. False assumptions about showing appreciation.
3. Practical tips for becoming a…[Read more]
“Your Future Self Will Thank You” is a great title on combining the Bible and brain science for practicing self-control in our lives. Whether social media, eating, working, social life (having to constantly be around people), people-pleasing, material possessions, etc., we all need to practice self-control in at least one area. Just over 200…[Read more]
“Rewire Your Heart” by David Bowden is a good read on the problem of the human heart. Instead of trying or working harder to be a better person, we need to focus on Who Jesus Christ is, what He did, and let Him change our hearts instead of us relying on our efforts (the author accurately defines the effort as “self-salvation”). Around 220 pages,…[Read more]
“Dangerous Prayers” is an excellent read on 50 prayers that changed the world. Around 200 pages, the book is organized as follows:
– 1-2 page biography of a person (although the book focuses on those who were in ministry, other areas such as music and politics are covered).
– An attractive portrait of the person.
– The prayer the person wrote…[Read more]
“A Different College Experience” is an excellent title for any parent or prospective student who wants to, as the title suggests, have a college experience that is so different than what the typical college student will have. Being a college student, depending on the student’s worldview and decisions, can be a type of great learning and maturity…[Read more]
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